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December 10, 2013, 3:40 PM

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Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Threshold may have options to run metro apps in windowed mode, bring back start menu  —  Further Changes Coming in Windows “Threshold”  —  After previous revelations about Windows “Threshold,” a release we might think of as Windows 8.2, some more information has emerged about Microsoft's plans for the future.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Apple's iTunes Radio Hires Sales Exec From Cumulus Media  —  Former Cumulus Media Exec Michael Pallad Started Last Week  —  Apple's iTunes Radio has poached a top radio ad exec as it prepares to offer the service widely to advertisers in 2014.  —  Former Cumulus Media executive VP-sales Michael Pallad …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Moves to .AC After Domain Name Seizure  —  A few hours ago Pirate Bay users were shocked to discover that their favorite torrent site was no longer loading.  —  Without warning the nameservers were removed from thepiratebay.sx domain, making it impossible to load the site in places where DNS entries were not cached.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast gets Plex, Vevo, RealPlayer, Viki and more with massive app update  —  A few months ago, a developer source told me that Google planned to release apps for its Chromecast streaming stick in waves.  Well, guess what: The first wave is here, and it's a massive one …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Yahoo acquires QuikIO, yet another startup to add to its video team  —  Early this morning, the creators of a little known but excellent cross-platform video streaming app called QuikIO sent a farewell note to its users.  After December 31, the “FedEx of media files” would be shut down, the email said.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches 2013 “12 Days of Gifts” app on iTunes, available in U.S. for the first time  —  Apple has just launched its annual 12 Days of Gifts campaign for 2013.  In previous years, this campaign was available only in a few select countries, but not in the United States.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple patents tech for making curved touch surfaces, displays  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent that describes a method for forming curved touch sensors with high structural rigidity, suggesting the company is experimenting with curved iOS device displays.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
How Does Apple Really Feel About Bitcoin?  —  Over the past couple of months, there have been a few Bitcoin app rejections by Apple that have made some waves.  First, the venture-backed startup Coinbase had its app removed entirely from the App Store.  Today, a blog post from peer …
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, White Nexus 7 Announced  —  Today Google dropped by news of three new products hitting the Google Play store's device section, Google Play editions of LG's G Pad 8.3 and Sony's Xperia Z Ultra, and a Nexus 7 available in white.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“We cannot trust” Intel and Via's chip-based crypto, FreeBSD developers say  —  Developers of the FreeBSD operating system will no longer allow users to trust processors manufactured by Intel and Via Technologies as the sole source of random numbers needed to generate cryptographic keys …
CBC News:
Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA  —  CSEC conducted espionage activities for U.S. in 20 countries, according to top-secret briefing note  —  A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Viber introduces Viber Out international calling feature, touts cheaper prices than Skype  —  Internet telephony company Viber has officially launched its Viber Out calling service which allows its 200 million-plus registered users to make low-cost calls to mobile and landline phones worldwide from within its mobile apps.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Promotion in the App Store  —  Two interesting articles last week, better together.  —  First came TheInformation's1 maiden piece about How Apple Gives Some Apps an Edge (subscription required): … The next day came news that Cut the Rope 2 was launching in two weeks, and that it would be exclusive to iOS.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Samsung has shipped 10 million Galaxy Note 3 devices since its launch 2 months ago  —  Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note 3, its latest large-screen so-called ‘phablet’ device that follows on from the successful Note and Note II, has just surpassed 10 million units in shipments since …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
One standard to sync them all: AllSeen Alliance forms to accelerate Internet of Things adoption  —  Eighteen months ago, Qualcomm SVP Rob Chandok succinctly explained how the internet of things had failed.  Instead of working together, manufacturers designed their smart televisions and appliances …
Yun-Hee Kim / China Real Time Report:
Google Scraps Plan to Build Hong Kong Data Center  —  Internet giant Google Inc. has scrapped a plan to build its own data center in Hong Kong and will instead expand its facilities in Taiwan and Singapore.  —  “While we see tremendous opportunity and potential in Hong Kong …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
How Apple's Lightning-Plug Guru Reinvented Square's Card Reader  —  Square also developed a new custom read head—the piece that swipes data from the card itself.  The two rectangles here draw from two different data bands hidden in the card's magnetic stripe.  Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
FedEx, UPS help traditional retailers fulfill online orders to compete with Amazon  —  Retailers Turn Store Clerks Into Web Shippers  —  From Sears to Saks, Chains Are Trying to Combat Amazon.com … ATLANTA— Cameron Holloway, a sales associate at Sears in the Cumberland Mall here …

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